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@@ -175,13 +175,20 @@ For example, to check drivers/net/wireless/ one may write::
make coccicheck M=drivers/net/wireless/
To apply Coccinelle on a file basis, instead of a directory basis, the
-following command may be used::
+C variable is used by the makefile to select which files to work with.
+This variable can be used to run scripts for the entire kernel, a
+specific directory, or for a single file.
- make C=1 CHECK="scripts/coccicheck"
+For example, to check drivers/bluetooth/bfusb.c, the value 1 is
+passed to the C variable to check files that make considers
+need to be compiled.::
-To check only newly edited code, use the value 2 for the C flag, i.e.::
+ make C=1 CHECK=scripts/coccicheck drivers/bluetooth/bfusb.o
- make C=2 CHECK="scripts/coccicheck"
+The value 2 is passed to the C variable to check files regardless of
+whether they need to be compiled or not.::
+ make C=2 CHECK=scripts/coccicheck drivers/bluetooth/bfusb.o
In these modes, which work on a file basis, there is no information
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